Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor: Part 2 – Searching for Airfare

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Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor: Part 2 – Searching for Airfare

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We looked at how you can use TripAdvisor to find a hotel that’s right for you.  But TripAdvisor isn’t just for hotels, it’s also a flight search tool.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Looking for Flights? TripAdvisor Can Help!

You can’t book flights with TripAdvisor, but you can see most of your options in 1 place which is a big time saver!

I’ll show you how to do a basic search and we’ll take a look at how TripAdvisor compares to other flight search tools.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Basic Flight Search

To find airfare on TripAdvisor, select flights on the main page and enter your origin, destination, and travel dates.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Let’s Say We’re Planning a Trip From Denver to Washington, DC

The results are automatically sorted by price.  But there are lots of other options to help you find the best flights.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Convenient Quick Links Make It Easy to Sort Your Flight Options

There are also plenty of filters that will save you from looking through hundreds of flights!

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Folks Who Prefer to Work on the Flight Can Filter Out Options That Don’t Offer Wi-Fi and a Place to Plug in Your Laptop

You can also filter your results by airline alliance, a nice feature if you want to maximize the miles you earn on paid flights!

I sorted my results by price.  I also don’t want to make more than 1 stop.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Eliminate Stops to Avoid the Hassle of Longer Travel Times and Potential Missed Connections

There are many ways to cater the results to meet your specific needs!

How to Book Your Flight

When you find a flight that works for you, just click the yellow button to start booking.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
TripAdvisor Helps You Search, but You Can’t Book Your Flights Here

You’ll be taken to another site for booking.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Your Chosen Flights Will Load and All You Have Left to Do Is Enter Your Personal Information

Remember to pay with a card that earns bonus miles for airfare, such as:

How Does TripAdvisor Stack Up to the Competition?

I like using TripAdvisor because it’s a 1-stop shop.  I can find hotels, flights, and things to do all on 1 site.  However, there are still some drawbacks.

While you can do a lot of things on TripAdvisor, booking flights is not 1 of them.  But this is a minor inconvenience because you are quickly routed to the booking page.

Find Your Own Southwest Flights

Like many other flight search tools, you will NOT get results for Southwest.  That’s because Southwest wants you to only use their site.

So if you’re looking for flights within the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean, you should also check Southwest because they often have the best fares!

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Southwest Has Great Deals on Flights, but You’ll Have to Go to Their Website to Compare Their Prices!

No Help With Finding the Best Travel Dates

More importantly, 1 feature that’s really missing from TripAdvisor, is the ability to easily find the best travel dates.

Most search tools like Google Flights, Kayak, and Orbitz will show you a table or calendar with prices for each day during your month of travel.

TripAdvisor does have a “Compare Dates” button, but the table didn’t list all the prices for me.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Do You Want to Find the Best Travel Dates? You’ll Have to Search for Yourself!

My travel dates aren’t always that flexible, but if I can save a lot of money, I like to know so I can try to move things around.

Travel Smarter With TripAdvisor Part 2 Searching For Airfare
Google Flights Shows Me That I Would Save $100 on my Flight Leaving on Tuesday Instead of Friday!

Bottom Line

TripAdvisor can help you find flights.  What it does best is help you filter through hundreds of flights and find the 1 that works best for you.

But you won’t be able to see Southwest flights, which could be the cheaper option if you’re traveling in the US, Mexico, or the Caribbean.

The biggest feature that’s missing on TripAdvisor is the ability to compare prices across several travel dates at once.  So if you have some flexibility you may want to stick with Google Flights to ensure you find the best price!

Have you used TripAdvisor to search for airfare?

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Just use Kayak.com